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ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT OF A GAS PLANT ON THE ENVIRONMENT OF OGBA/EGBEMA/NDONI, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

Odunze, W. C. | Department of Environmental Management Technology, Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo Imo State, Nigeria

  • W. C. Odunze
Keywords: environmental impact, health status, mitigative measures, socio-economic, oil industry

Abstract

Environmental impact of oil industries has constituted great hazard. This paper therefore evaluates the impact of gas flaring in Ogba /Egbema/Ndoni on the socio –economic well-being, environment, and health status of the inhabitants and the effort by the Industry to alleviate these effects. Mitigative   measures and more effective management options   were recommended.  The research adopted analytical and survey research design methods. The data were obtained from questionnaire, interview and personal observation. 200 copies of structured questionnaires, were administered, while 192 were retrieved. The result showed that the gas flaring of the Industry impacted negatively from environmental to health status and socio-economic well-being, through constant rise in temperature and sooth pollution which in turn affect the agricultural produce both in quality and quantity. Cough, catarrh, skin and other respiratory diseases are associated with the activities of the oil industries in the area. The degradation of the environment weakened the economic life of the people as they depend on the agricultural yield for their income. Finally, recommendation on the need for public awareness on any project and engagement on the potential benefits of the project and abatement methods of the impact   to the environment. Government to draw a line between technical and political decision as to guide office holders also Community Development Commission (CDC) staff should develop project initiative to reinforce the assessment and awareness on environmental sustenance. Health facilities to be improved and resistant species be given to farmers.

Published
2020-04-21